43 days in Australia Itinerary

43 days in Australia Itinerary

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43 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Playa del Carmen
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Lord Howe Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Leura
— 5 nights
+3
train + Fly + foot + ferry:  7​h 15​min
5
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Cairns
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
8
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
9
Perth
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
10
Melbourne
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  26​h
End: Playa del Carmen

4
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World (in Maleny), MaisyMoo (in Caloundra) and SunJet Simulations (in Mooloolaba). There's lots more to do: walk around South Bank Parklands, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and take in the exciting artwork at Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith.

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico to Brisbane is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Playa del Carmen to Brisbane. In December, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games

Side Trips

Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, MaisyMoo, Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith, SunJet Simulations
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SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

3
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Lord Howe Island is known for beaches, trails, nature, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ned's Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower, get interesting insight from Tours, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Lord Howe Island road trip site .

You can fly from Brisbane to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

6
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, shopping, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, and take a stroll through The Rocks.

To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Leura.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

5
nights
Leura

Leura ©
Leura is a suburb in the City of Blue Mountains local government area that is located west of the Sydney central business district in New South Wales, Australia. Change things up with these side-trips from Leura: Dryridge Estate (in Megalong Valley) and Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, explore the striking landscape of Perry's Lookdown, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Blue Mountains, and get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Leura road trip app .

Getting from Sydney to Leura by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Leura can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Leura

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Katoomba, Blackheath, Megalong Valley, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Bilpin Cider Company
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 28:
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Bilpin Cider Company ©
Bilpin Cider Company
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains

2
nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
On the 29th (Sun), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Daydream Island Living Reef, then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Airlie Beach tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and ferry from Leura to Airlie Beach takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, bus, and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Leura in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Airlie Beach, with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Daydream Island Living Reef
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
nights
Cairns

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove--about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, pause for some photo ops at Cairns Cenotaph, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip builder .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Cairns Kart Hire Track, Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 3:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
nights
Port Douglas

Port Douglas ©
A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Douglas: Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach), Myall Beach (in Cape Tribulation) and Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan). Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for gifts at With Sugar, kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, and take some stellar pictures from Walu Wugirriga Lookout.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas holiday planner.

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In January, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Walu Wugirriga Lookout, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 7:
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, hike along Kuniya Walk, get answers to all your questions at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online trip maker .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Port Douglas in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 43°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

3
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Perth: Fremantle Prison (in Fremantle), Pinnaroo Point Beach (in Hillarys) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mandurah). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, appreciate the extensive heritage of Fremantle History Walking Tour, contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, and admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of Western Australia.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Perth trip planner .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, expect Perth to be a bit cooler, temps between 38°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Fremantle, Pinnaroo Point Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 14:
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

5
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Change things up with a short trip to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay (about 1h 20 min away). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, browse the collection at State Library Victoria, get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from Perth to Melbourne takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Perth to Melbourne. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Perth in January; daily highs in Melbourne reach 32°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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